Document ReferencePl C 27/40
TitleLetter from William Speechly, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 29 Apr. 1779
Date29 April 1779
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionThanks the duke for his letter and is sorry that the grapes he sent were so inferior; is glad that the duke informed him that they smelt of smoke, as he had recently fumigated the hot house, but will now stop doing so in order to protect the remaining grapes; mentions the cherries that the duke was sent; discusses the fate of the 'Little Park' which was depended on for hay and defends his controversial decision over it; reports that they have lately had heavy storms and sleet and mentions the need for a 'thorough ground steeping'.
Termhorticulture, fruit growing
domestic affairs, provisions
estate business, Nottinghamshire

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA40383Speechly; William (1733-1819); Mr; gardener to the 3rd Duke of Portland; author of several works on horticulture1733-1819
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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